How to Overcome a Fear of Public Speaking – Tony Brown – Youth Work Toolbox

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Learning to become an incredibly poised, polished, masterful communicator is important for anyone who does any form of public speaking.

You want to become someone who can hold an audience of 1, 10, or 1000 in the palm of your hand, from the first word you speak to them until the last.

To achieve that you will need to learn;

How to identify your authentic self so that you project an original and unique style

How to win over any audience in ONE MINUTE

How to overcome stage / crowd fright

How to get your listeners to act the way you want them to

How to ensure your listeners not only remember what you say, but make immediate and positive changes based on it

How to handling hostile or potentially embarrassing questions with ease and professionalism

Training, preparation and practice will dramatically improve all of your communications.

Here is a list of reasons I found on the net of why people fear speaking in public;

Self-consciousness in front of large groups.

Fear of appearing nervous.

Concern that others are judging you.

Past failures.

Poor or insufficient preparation.


Dissatisfaction with your abilities.

Discomfort with your own body and movement.

Poor breathing habits.

Comparing ourselves to others.

Here are some tips I found on the net, which I found useful to overcome your fears.

Identify the source of your fear.

The source of your fear is this: not knowing what will happen when you are in front of people, giving your speech or presentation.

Face Down Your Fears.

If you feel your knees turning to jelly out of fear, remind yourself that fear stands for False Evidence Appearing Real.

Breathe Deeply.

Practicing a breathing exercise before you go on will relax your body and mind. Here’s one that you can do anywhere, even in the wings. Stand still and feel the ground beneath your feet.


Relaxing is the art of letting go.

Letting go un-tenses the body and makes you more at ease and relaxed.

Learn how to engage your audience.

Learning the art of public speaking can enhance your results in a boardroom, in a sales presentation, and even accelerate your climb up the corporate ladder.


Even though you don’t feel happy or confident, do it anyway. You will look confident and your body will fool your brain into thinking it is confident.


Make sure you know the material that you’re going to cover.


Speaking on a topic that you are not familiar with will increase your stress, and impede on your performance.

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